Why we don't provide a "security updates only" plan for Drupal 6 Long-Term Support

by David Snopek on February 1, 2016 - 8:14am

A couple of times now, we've gotten a reaction like this to our Drupal 6 Long-Term Support offering:

Your cheapest plan ($125/mo) is too expensive. We just want to keep getting security updates for Drupal 6, but don't want any support and maintenance. Can you provide a "security updates only" plan for us?

This is something we thought long and hard about...

A cheaper plan would appeal to a larger group of users, and allow us to work with people with smaller budgets. These are definitely things we want! We'd like to be able to help as many people as possible, and NOT only big enterprise companies with massive budgets (they can already get all the help they need).

But in the end, we decided that we'd be doing our customers a disservice by trying to reduce our offer any further.

Read more to find out why!

How the "official" Drupal 6 Long-Term Support will work!

by David Snopek on January 26, 2016 - 7:51am

As you may know, Drupal 6 will reach End-Of-Life (EOL) on February 24th, 2016. This means the Drupal community (including the Security Team) will no longer support Drupal 6!

However, a small group of commercial vendors will collaborate with the Drupal Security Team to take on Long-Term Support of Drupal 6! And myDropWizard is one of those Drupal 6 long-term support vendors. :-)

In this article, we'll answer the following questions:

  • What specifically will happen on February 24th?
  • What is the official Drupal 6 LTS?
  • How will the process work?
  • What will customers need to pay for?

Read more for the answers!

When was Drupal 6 released?

by Elliot Christenson on January 25, 2016 - 2:18pm

February 13, 2008

Like Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 after it, Drupal 6 included more "core" modules to enhance the basic installation experience. It featured upgraded base jQuery functionality. The effort of Drupal 6 took about a year coming after the release of Drupal 5 on January 15, 2007.

Drupal 5 was "end of lifed" in January of 2011 with the release of Drupal 7.0.

Similarly, we are approaching the Termination of development focus of Drupal 6 on February 24, 2016.

What is a Simple Custom Drupal Module?

by Elliot Christenson on January 20, 2016 - 5:51pm

When considering which support tier a site belongs in, we need to look at whether or not it includes any custom Drupal modules. Sites with at least one complex custom module will need to be in a higher support tier.

But if it's only one or two simple custom modules, we don't count them.

We had a client ask us recently:

What constitutes a "simple" Drupal custom module?

That's a tricky question that ends up being answered as "We'll tell you when we see it!"

Drupal 6 Long-Term Support ... for after official support ends!

by Elliot Christenson on November 12, 2015 - 8:19pm

In case you haven't heard, the Drupal project is discontinuing "official support" for Drupal 6!

Typically, only two major versions of Drupal are supported at once: the latest version, and the previous one. Right now, that means Drupal 7 and 6 are supported.

But when Drupal 8 is released on November 19th, 2015, Drupal 6 will only be officially supported for an additional 3 months (until February 24th, 2016).

Of course, you'll need to update to Drupal 7 or 8 eventually!

But what if 3 months isn't enough time for you to upgrade?

We're happy to announce Long-Term Support (LTS) for Drupal 6, in order to keep your site going long after the end of official support!

Read more to learn what the end of official support means, and the details of our Drupal 6 LTS.

What "ninjas" mean to me, and why we're now called myDropWizard

by David Snopek on November 4, 2015 - 10:33am

If you've been here before today, you might be surprised that the URL you're reading this article on is now myDropWizard.com (rather than myDropNinja.com).

Personally, "ninjas" have been a part of my life for a long time. As a kid, I loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. My favorite NES game was Final Fantasy, where one of the available character classes was the "Black Belt" who'd later become the "Ninja" class (after finding the Rat Tail in the Castle of Ordeals). To me, "ninjas" were awesome. :-)

FREE audit of your Drupal site (only 30 available)!

by David Snopek on August 31, 2015 - 9:21am

Is your Drupal site important to your business?

Would site issues or downtime negatively affect your bottom line?

Are you sure that your site follows Drupal best practices and is secure?

Why wait for problems to happen before taking action!

Getting a comprehensive site audit can help identify potential problems, so that you can correct them in your own time, before they have the chance hurt your business.

While getting a site audit from a Drupal expert can be expensive, you don't have to worry about that, because we're offering FREE site audits ($500 value) for the first 30 people who ask!

Click here to get a FREE site audit of your Drupal site!

... or read more to learn about our process and why we're doing this.

Private BETA for 10 customers starting on September 1st!

by David Snopek on August 17, 2015 - 2:44pm

Over the last several weeks, I've been talking to lots of people about myDropWizard.

I was kind of expecting everyone to tell me the idea was crazy and that I wouldn't be able to provide 24/7 maintenance and support for Drupal sites at a fixed monthly cost. But no one told me that. :-)

That said, there are some really difficult problems that need to be solved in order to make this work. And I may have reached the point where the only way to find solutions to those problems is to actually launch and start learning from customers.

So, I'm happy to announce that we'll be launching a private BETA for only 10 customers, starting on September 1st!

Interested in participating? Read more to get the details!

How is myDropWizard different from Drop Guard?

by David Snopek on July 30, 2015 - 8:25pm

I've been having a lot of discussions about myDropWizard recently and the first thing everyone asks is:

"How is this different from Drop Guard?"

If you haven't heard of Drop Guard, it's a tool that you can install on your site to help perform security updates quickly.

myDropWizard also helps with making security updates! So what's the difference?

Read more to find out!

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